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November 08, 2012

Teacher Bashing Is a Loser

Across America, the final votes are being counted and recounted, but we can be sure of one result that will not change: bashing teachers is not a winning proposition in this country. American voters still believe in those teachers that helped shape their lives and that are doing the same for their c...

October 12, 2012

Education Reform: Competing and Winning with Collaboration

Alan Blankstein, CEO and Founder of the HOPE Foundation, is back with a guest blog. Today he describes real reform that is sustainable because it focuses on collaboration not confrontation. "Faulty evidence and unwarranted claims." Not the strongest foundation for a major push of government policy...

October 02, 2012

Michelle Rhee and Politics Don't Mix

It has been my observation that when Michelle Rhee engages in politics, she comes across as naive at best and, at worst, undermines the candidates she says she supports. I listened to her on talk shows during the Democratic Convention and then read her ensuing op ed pieces. While she positions herse...

September 20, 2012

Teachers and The President Are United

Sure there will be tension. Of course, there will be disagreements. One of my favorite quotes, source unknown, is, "Where there is unanimity, someone is not being represented." But, let me assure everyone that when it comes to a shared vision of great public schools for each and every child in Amer...

September 17, 2012

Yes, Teachers Do Have A Breaking Point

We all remember the scene in the movie Network where a character throws open the window, sticks his head out, and yells, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore." Last week, about 30,000 educators in Chicago came to a similar breaking point. It was a fascinating week for watchers an...

August 30, 2012

Teachers and Teacher Unions Are the Same

There they go again--trying to divide teachers from their union. Do they really think teachers will choose the unfilled promises of a politician over their union? Teachers know New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is no friend of theirs and that the New Jersey Education Association and the National Ed...

July 10, 2012

Reinventing the Largest Teachers' Union

It has often been said that changing the National Education Association is like turning around a large battleship, but that has not stopped Dennis Van Roekel, the current president, from working to forge a consensus around changed policy among his constituents. In the face of declining membership, D...

June 25, 2012

Time for Charter Schools to Come Home

First, let me say right up front that I celebrate any school that provides a child a first class education. I do not care whether it is a magnet school, traditional public school, charter school, or private school. I do not believe that public funds should be used for private schools, but I do beli...

March 12, 2012

Teacher Morale Plummets

The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher confirms what we have known for the last two years--teachers have become less satisfied with their jobs. The survey statistics indicate that job satisfaction has dropped 15 points in the past two years, and now stands at 44 percent. This is the lowest level...

December 01, 2011

From High Poverty to High Performing

I always cringe when I hear so-called reformers say poverty is "no excuse" for lack of student achievement. It is not because I don't subscribe to that belief, but because I know politicians will use that message as an excuse for not "leveling the playing field" for poor children. To believe that y...

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